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Pity For The Mythic Brute: Pablo Picasso’S Minotaur In The Vollard Suite, Mary Sachs 2018 University of Colorado, Boulder

Pity For The Mythic Brute: Pablo Picasso’S Minotaur In The Vollard Suite, Mary Sachs

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis examines the nuances of Pablo Picasso's minotaur as presented within the framework of the Vollard Suite. I argue that a text by Honoré de Balzac, Physiologie du Mariage, may have influenced Picasso's conception of the minotaur. It features of a minotaur, yet one framed within a parodic setting. The minotaur, explored in connection with the Balzacian creature, reveals the introspective nature of the Picasso’s beast. Furthermore, the comedic tone of Balzac's Physiologie served as a means for Picasso to reflect upon the subconscious drives, which in turn, the artist visually manifested through his surrogate-self ...


What The Walls Say: Finding Meaning And Value In Tel Aviv’S Street Art, Rachel R. Bird 2018 Colby College

What The Walls Say: Finding Meaning And Value In Tel Aviv’S Street Art, Rachel R. Bird

Honors Theses

This thesis explores street art in Tel Aviv, Israel through anthropological concepts of value. By defining street art as an interstitial practice—one that exists between permeable, socially defined boundaries and is characterized differently by different power structures—I attempt to define some of the different regimes of value that apply to street art. Using the emerging market of “street art tours” as a fieldwork site, I look at how street art is presented and re-presented to both tourists and locals. By situating my research in a historical and geographic context, I hope to understand the ways different value schema ...


Jared French's State Park: A Contextual Study, Emily Sachar 2017 City University of New York (CUNY)

Jared French's State Park: A Contextual Study, Emily Sachar

School of Arts & Sciences Theses

Jared French's State Park (Whitney Museum of American Art, 1946) uses the language of magic realism in mid-20th-century America, the egg tempera technique of the Quattrocento, and the theories of Carl Jung to explore a variety of themes: homosexuality, family and power. This thesis considers State Park within the contexts of the artist's circle and liaisons with Paul Cadmus and George Tooker; his photography work with Pajama; his friendship with E.M. Forster; and homophobia at mid-century.


Franz Roh And Visual Juxtaposition In Foto-Auge, Irini Zervas 2017 City University of New York (CUNY)

Franz Roh And Visual Juxtaposition In Foto-Auge, Irini Zervas

School of Arts & Sciences Theses

This study of Foto-Auge (1929) is grounded on the approach of Franz Roh and aims to unlock the book’s meaning through an analysis of layout and visual sequence. This thesis also demonstrates how Foto-Auge proclaims photography’s ability not merely to record, but to disrupt any sense of reality in images.


Purism And The Object-Type: Tradition And Modernity, Art And Society, Jamie Morra 2017 City University of New York (CUNY)

Purism And The Object-Type: Tradition And Modernity, Art And Society, Jamie Morra

School of Arts & Sciences Theses

This thesis examines the Purist object-type as a formal and social tool in interwar Paris. It’s establishment, definition, and use is analyzed through the work and writings of Amédée Ozenfant, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret and Fernand Léger, via painting as the primary practice, and its further conceptual applications in architecture and film.


Materializing Absence: Traces Of Long's Farm, Michael O. Foster 2017 University of Colorado Boulder

Materializing Absence: Traces Of Long's Farm, Michael O. Foster

Art and Art History Graduate Contributions

No abstract provided.


Why Munch?, Robert Jensen 2017 University of Kentucky

Why Munch?, Robert Jensen

Art & Visual Studies Presentations

Why Munch? was a keynote lecture for the conference "Marketing the North," sponsored by the society Munch, Markets and Modernism, in November 2017. In asking the question, the paper explores Munch's canonical status, especially vis-a-vis other Scandinavian artists of his time. In particular, the essay addresses the evolving nature of artistic professionalism at the end of the 19th century, and how Munch's personal and artistic behavior evoked a new definition of bohemianism that resonated deeply with the rise of European modernism and the post-1900 avant-gardes.


Entartete Kunst: The War Against Modern Art In The Third Reich, Zeynep Kazmaz 2017 Bryant University

Entartete Kunst: The War Against Modern Art In The Third Reich, Zeynep Kazmaz

Honors Projects in History and Social Sciences

In July 1937, the Nazi Party exhibited a collection of modern artwork confiscated from museums throughout Germany. This display, entitled the “Degenerate Art Exhibition,” was organized to ridicule the artwork being presented. The events that led to such a breaking point had started forming around the early 20th century. In Germany, after the First World War, the blossoming of modern art had coincided with the forming of a racist ideology. Meanwhile, Hitler was also discovering his own racist views and dislike of modern art. An artist who delved into politics, Hitler integrated his artistic views into his political ideologies. Eventually ...


Captive Body, Free Mind: Euphrosinia Kersnovskaia, The Gulag, And Art Under Oppression, Laura G. Waters 2017 Gettysburg College

Captive Body, Free Mind: Euphrosinia Kersnovskaia, The Gulag, And Art Under Oppression, Laura G. Waters

Student Publications

This paper examines the art of Euphrosinia Kersnovskaia (1907-1994) as it relates to both the larger experience and narrative of the Soviet Gulag and to the survival of the artist. Larger trends of art made under oppression are used to find reason for such seemingly insignificant acts, and art therapy frameworks provide analytical bases for approach. By looking at such deeply subjective forms of memory and its transcription, individuality and humanity is returned to an inhuman penal system.


Heavy Ink: A Documentary On The Comicbook Revolution, Renzo Adler 2017 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Heavy Ink: A Documentary On The Comicbook Revolution, Renzo Adler

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Heavy Ink is a documentary short focusing on the comic anthology magazine, Heavy Metal, examining its history as both a standout comic magazine, and how it fits into the larger tradition of comic books. What started off in 1977 as a sci-fi offshoot of National Lampoon ushered in a new era of comics by bridging the gap between American and European comic sensibilities with a talent pool from all over the world.

Heavy Metal would go on to have reverberations beyond comics into music, movies, and the global entertainment landscape of today. Heavy Metal introduced the world to artists such ...


Traces Of The (Un)Familiar : Family, Identity, And The Return Of The Repressed In The Photographs Of Ralph Eugene Meatyard., Hunter Martin Kissel 2017 University of Louisville

Traces Of The (Un)Familiar : Family, Identity, And The Return Of The Repressed In The Photographs Of Ralph Eugene Meatyard., Hunter Martin Kissel

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This thesis explores the ways in which photographs by Ralph Eugene Meatyard provoke the uncanny—or Das unheimlich as Freud originally wrote in 1919—by breaking from conventions of mid-twentieth century family photography often utilized to establish and maintain genealogical unity. Meatyard’s photographs of his family and friends are accentuated by blurring techniques, prolonged exposures, and the incorporation of dime-store masks, and as a result depict moments when reality is disrupted by the return of repressed material from childhood. For a multitude of reasons, Meatyard’s photographs elicit comparisons to Surrealist photography as well as certain American modernists who ...


General Editor’S Note, Timothy Shipe 2017 University of Iowa

General Editor’S Note, Timothy Shipe

Dada/Surrealism

No abstract provided.


Writing The Histories Of Dada And Surrealist Exhibitions: Problems And Possibilities, Kathryn M. Floyd 2017 Auburn University

Writing The Histories Of Dada And Surrealist Exhibitions: Problems And Possibilities, Kathryn M. Floyd

Dada/Surrealism

No abstract provided.


Johannes Baader’S Postwar Plasto-Dio-Dada-Drama And German War Exhibitions During World War I, Katharina Hoins 2017 Hamburger Kunsthalle

Johannes Baader’S Postwar Plasto-Dio-Dada-Drama And German War Exhibitions During World War I, Katharina Hoins

Dada/Surrealism

No abstract provided.


Mise-En-Page To Mise-En-Scène: Intersecting Display Strategies In Dada Art Journals And Exhibitions, Emily Hage 2017 Saint Joseph's University

Mise-En-Page To Mise-En-Scène: Intersecting Display Strategies In Dada Art Journals And Exhibitions, Emily Hage

Dada/Surrealism

No abstract provided.


Brides Stripped Bare: Surrealism, The Large Glass, And U.S. Women’S Imaginary Museums, Susan Rosenbaum 2017 University of Georgia

Brides Stripped Bare: Surrealism, The Large Glass, And U.S. Women’S Imaginary Museums, Susan Rosenbaum

Dada/Surrealism

No abstract provided.


The 1940 International Exhibition Of Surrealism: A Cosmopolitan Art Dialogue In Mexico City, Dafne Cruz Porchini, Adriana Ortega Orozco 2017 Centre de Recherche et Documentation sur les Amériques (CREDA)

The 1940 International Exhibition Of Surrealism: A Cosmopolitan Art Dialogue In Mexico City, Dafne Cruz Porchini, Adriana Ortega Orozco

Dada/Surrealism

No abstract provided.


Thirteen Artists In A Tent: Danish Avant-Garde Exhibition Practice During World War Ii, Kerry Greaves 2017 University of Copenhagen

Thirteen Artists In A Tent: Danish Avant-Garde Exhibition Practice During World War Ii, Kerry Greaves

Dada/Surrealism

No abstract provided.


Kurt Schwitters And 27 Senses: Resonances In Norway, England, And Time, Wood Roberdeau 2017 Goldsmiths, University of London

Kurt Schwitters And 27 Senses: Resonances In Norway, England, And Time, Wood Roberdeau

Dada/Surrealism

No abstract provided.


Playing In The Wunderkammer, Jonathan Carson, Rosie Miller 2017 University of Iowa

Playing In The Wunderkammer, Jonathan Carson, Rosie Miller

Dada/Surrealism

No abstract provided.


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